Preface by J.R. Ritman

Foreword by the author

Introduction to the book


  1. Nature soul and world heart
  2. You yourself are the turning point. The Haarlem years: the first circle of development. The influence of a Haarlem minister: A.H. de Hartog. Jakob Boehme’s axiom as inner guideline. De Hartog’s social commitment. What does it mean, forming the turning point yourself.
  3. The spiritual line. The world work begins 1875-1911. The impulse of H.P. Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society. The seven arcane sciences. Anna Bonus Kingsford and the Hermetic Society. Arthur Edward Waite and The Fellowship of the Rosy Cross. The exemplary life of G.R.S. Mead and The Quest Society. The call from the solar heart.
  4. Max Heindel and The Rosicrucian Fellowship. Recognising the like-mindedness. Return to simplicity. A clear and logical explanation of the world and the human being. A group of pioneers steps to the fore. On the way to a refuge in the world. Rudolf Steiner’s ideal, a secret circle of Rosicrucians.
  5. The work in The Netherlands 1924-1935. The first period. – The Dutch Rosicrucian Society. Magazines and Publication Office. The cooperation and the key: the work of Johann Valentin Andreae. The new, autonomous basis.
  6. London. Finding the three manifestoes 1935. The Fama Fraternitatis, the Confessio Fraternitatis and the Alchemical Wedding of Christian Rosycross anno 1459. A new dimension of like-mindedness. The atmosphere in which they originated. Tobias Hess as the spiritual father, Paracelsus as the godfather of the classical Rosicrucians. The spiritual testament of the order of the Rosycross. Initiating a coordinating international federation.
  7. The importance of the construction of the inner and the outer Temple 1935-1946. The second period. The first fire temple and a stream of independent publications.
  8. The Aquarius alliance. 1935.
  9. The summer camps at ‘De Haere’ between 1934
    and 1940.
  10. Three authors. The works of Jan Leene, Wim Leene and Cor Damme.
  11. Spiritual fellowship, spiritual intelligence, 1938-1940. The central role of Z.W. Leene as spiritual leader. His death and the new board of directors with H. Stok-Huizer. The wondrous Christmas Eve. The period after Z.W. Leene until 1940. The last summer camps of the Rosycross at ‘De Haere’.
  12. Under pressure I burn most fiercely. Looting in Haarlem and Doornspijk. Interrogation by the Gestapo. Contemplation and reflection. The work in the resistance. The life of the Sermon on the Mount.
  13. A period of reflection. New ways of initiation; back to the original Christian beginning. The preceding brotherhood. Becoming conscious of the world work. The new sign – The hermetic basis of life
  14. The new approach 1946-1957. The third period. The Christian-hermetic gnosis. The foundation of the new gnostic kingdom.
  15. Elckerlyc –Renova. Working with the group. H.Th.Wijdeveld and Elckerlyc. A conference centre in the centre of The Netherlands. The new cooperation of the spiritual leaders.
  16. A new Fama or Call of the brotherhood R.C. The sevenfold world brotherhood. The six parts of the Cornerstone series. The conferences about the coming new man and the aspects and consequences of the new period of humanity
  17. A free working place –the school as an autonomous organisation. The journey to France. The conferences during the first part of the fifties. The Renova series.
  18. The sealing in the chain of the brotherhood. The encounter with A. Gadal. The Triple Alliance of the Light. A period of feverish activity. The first conference centres of the Lectorium Rosicrucianum abroad. Brazil and the work of Cor Damme.
  19. The treasury of the universal brotherhood 1957-1968. The fourth period. The House Sancti Spiritus in modern times. Hermes is the primordial source: The Egyptian Arch-Gnosis. The explanations of the Rosicrucian Manifestoes. The wisdom of the path is universal. The commentaries to the Daodejing. Once again Egypt. Valentinus and the Pistis Sophia – the books of the Saviour.
  20. Aquarius as an apotheosis of the spirit. The conferences of Renova in 1963; the Christian Rosenkreuzheim in Calw in 1964; the J. van Rijckenborghheim in Bad Münder in 1965; in Basle in 1966 and in Toulouse in 1967.
  21. The structure of the work is consolidated. 1968-1979. The fifth period. Catharose de Petri consolidates the work. The international spiritual leadership.
  22. The publications of Catharose de Petri. The symbolism of the two spiritual figures. The Living Word. Live as a soul human being would live.
  23. The establishment of the gnostic kingdom. 1990-2001. The work of the sevenfold world brotherhood. The great triad. The Pistis and the Sophia. New impulses and initiatives of the international spiritual leadership. Seven regions. The symposia at conference centre Renova. Conference days in the J. van Rijckenborgh Centre in Haarlem. The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica in the light of the universal Gnosis. Further expansion of the work
  24. Conclusion


General bibliography




J. van Rijckenborgh is the spiritual name of Jan Leene (1896-1968), Catharose de Petri that of Hennie Stok-Huizer (1902-1990). They were modern Rosicrucians and hermetic gnostics – two descriptions that characterise their whole lives. From an early age, Jan Lee- ne went deeply into everything related to religion and he looked for an honest application of faith in daily life. However, he distanced himself from superficial Christianity and from a mental theology that was unable to reach ordinary people or confused them. A great sense of justice warmed him to the labour movement, which strongly propagated itself in his youth. They were turbulent times, during which prof. dr. A.H. de Hartog (1869-1938) attracted large crowds with his ‘realistic theology’. Together with his brother Wim (Z.W. 1892-1938), Jan Leene was often to be found among De Hartog’s audience. Jan and Wim were very tenacious seekers, and in the confusing esoteric field of the beginning of the last century, they gradually found, together with others, the direction that they should take to shape their ideal. The first part of this book deals with the preparatory stage of the Order of the Rosycross.

Part two begins in 1924, when the brothers, together with a number of friends, laid the first, still modest basis for the Mystery School of the Rosycross, joining in with the work of Max Heindel and his Rosicrucian Fellowship, and inspired by the seventeenth-century manifestoes of the Rosicrucians. In 1930, Catharose de Petri joined them. This period, which we might call the first circle, was inspired by the elder brothers of the order. In January 1937, their translations into Dutch of the classical manifestoes of this brotherhood were published in one volume titled The Spiritual Testament of the Order of the Rosycross, which opened these basic texts to a larger public for the first time. In this way, they made - the goal, the essence and the calling of the ‘western mystery school’ - known, as is mentioned on the title page of this first publication. This goal was a total reformation, a shift of the accent of life to the development of the soul and, through rebirth, a renewed link with the universal seven-spirit.

The third part of this book begins with the foundation of the Lectorium Rosicrucianum in 1946 and marks the second circle of activity. It explains how the spiritual leaders, inspired by the chain of universal brotherhoods, obeyed the inner task of developing a new sevenfold world activity in the service of the liberation of the soul. Crucial in the inner development of Catharose de Petri, J. van Rijckenborgh, and hence of the Spiritual School and its pupils, was the encounter and cooperation, since 1954, with Antonin Gadal in Ussat in the south of France. The result of this was that they explained, in speech and in writing, the spiritual work of the Ca- thars and their material and immaterial heritage. Their work was crowned by the special union of three brotherhoods of spiritual activity, the Triple Alliance of the Light, which the three of them confirmed in 1955.

For their whole life, J. van Rijckenborgh and Catharose de Petri worked on building the current, sevenfold Spiritual School of the Golden Rosycross. A major part of this work is formed by the thousands of addresses, the core of which was formed by the many aspects of the gnostic teachings of liberation. As to their philosophical teachings, these authors should not be considered individually and their work in this field may be seen as a unique, harmonious cooperation. For instance, the book The Chinese Gnosis, published by Rozekruis Pers, contains splendid comments on the ancient Chinese text by Lao Zi, the Daodejing, adapted by them to the twentieth century. During their life, they continuously published a weekly or a monthly; many of their explanations and addresses have also been included in over forty books under their name, published by Rozekruis Pers.

Although they rejected the image of the historic Christ of the churches, their teachings and school are purely attuned to the universal Christ energy, which pervades and illuminates everything and eve- ryone. The work, begun in 1924, developed into the International Spiritual School of the Golden Rosycross, which is currently active in the whole western world and has more than 200 branches in 42 countries.

After J. van Rijckenborgh’s death in 1968, Catharose de Petri, assisted by a group of loyal pupils, saved the work from a great crisis. She continued their common spiritual work, gave the Spiritual School a solid structure and ensured its perpetuation. This special woman, who made the old Rosicrucian motto - self-forgetting service is always the shortest and most joyful way to God - her own, died in 1990.

Since 1990, the spiritual line is continued in a third circle. This is discussed in the fourth part, in which the body of the International Spiritual Leadership undertakes the further development of the Spiritual School, and in which initiatives are taken to shape the work, begun by J. van Rijckenborgh and Catharose de Petri, in different ways. Finally, the fifth part deals with the meaning of the Aquarian work in the twenty-first century, with the perspectives that are opening now that a sevenfold mystery school has been realised, and with the possibilities that are created, because there is a link with the original life, which is maintained with much devotion.


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